The Spot

This is the go-to spot for NY and Brooklyn kiters of every level. The water is relatively flat, and there is free (but limited) parking. It's a very busy spot on the weekends, and it's a great place to go and check out the sport. Although the beach and water are not as clean as spots on Long Island, kiters love this spot for the convenient access. The spot is great on south winds, with thermals kicking in on the warmer days.

Seagate,  Brooklyn 

The Spot

A convenient spot from the city, Seagate is great for kiting on N and NW winds (typically in the spring and fall). Street parking is generally easy to find, or you can jump on the bus or grab an Uber. The beach has cool views of the city skyline, the Verrazano Bridge, and ships entering the harbor. 

Style: Flat, Choppy

 

Wind Direction: N, NW 

 

Warning: N wind is usually strong and gusty. Be extra careful when you come here.

 

Public Transportation: Take the Q line to Sheepshead Bay station. Then take a Uber to 3857 Ocean view Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224, USA

The Spot

Located just 10 minutes east of Jones Beach, Gilgo has been a New York kitesurfing staple for more than a decade. The spot is good for beginners if there are no waves (notably during the summer). The only downside of Gilgo Beach is the $40 price tag for parking, but if you're willing to pay it, you can stop by the Gilgo Beach Inn for a burger after your session. With a mixed scene of beachgoers, bikers and boaters, Gilgo is a far more colorful scene than the nearby state parks or other town beaches.

 

Summer winds tend to be thermally enhanced SW (side-on), and kiters congregate and launch on the eastern side of the beach downwind of the crowds. Surfers rule the beach at Gilgo, and kiters should avoid the lineup despite the temptation to work the break. The beach is infinitely long, so just go farther east to avoid them.

Style: Flat to bit waves depending on the swell

Wind Direction: E, SE, SW, W

Dangers: Swell can be big (notably during winter)

The Spot

Located east of the Hamptons near Amagansett, Napeague Harbor is a good flatwater spot for N, E, S, SW directions. The spot is generally shallow, and you can stand everywhere except for the center and northernmost areas. The launch beach is very small at high tide, which makes it challenging combined with the often gusty winds. Note: if you don't have a resident parking permit for your car, make sure to park on the side of Lazy Point road before “No parking” signs to avoid a hefty parking ticket.

Style: Flat 

Wind Direction: N, E, S, SW

Dangers: Napeague can be very gusty, which greatly affects the launch area wind. Even an experienced kiter can find it difficult at times.

 

The Spot

Not as windy as Long Island or Brooklyn but you will find here a shallow location at low tide with a great deal of space. The two main spots are Long Beach (SW, S and SE) and Short Beach (E, SE, NE). 

With his restaurant, tennis courts, beach volley, restrooms, and other amenities Shot Beach is very nice on non-windy days and for non-kiters. If you are looking bor butter flat conditions, go to Long Beach and enjoy the slicks! 

Style: Flat 

Wind Direction: S, SE, SW, E, NE 

Dangers: Nothing to be aware of. Only shallow at low tide. 

 

Kite   Spots  for  Advanced  riders

Foreword

Many THANKS to the people who contributed to this guide!! We are reporting here the shared effort of some passionate New York kiters who prepared a shared google doc that you can find here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OO-pLodRK5Cm2x6Q2oDr9kuZ9MMDrhf7dAwnlkJ-MRM/mobilebasic

Security first 

If you’re new to kiteboarding, please be careful on the beach. Always ask questions about the spot before you get on the water. New York area kiters are super friendly. They are more than happy to share information with you and make sure you are safe, so ask a lot of questions!

 

Kiteboarding is a fantastic but dangerous sport. If you’re a beginner, please stick to the first spots listed (and noted as being good for beginners). You will put yourself and everyone else at risk of danger if you try to kite in a spot that isn’t appropriate for your level.

 

Not sure about your level? Well, you’re a beginner if….

 

  1. You are still working on your water starts and basic kite control.

  2. You try but you’re not quite kiting upwind yet.

  3. You are not very confident launching or landing your kite.

  4. You can get up and stay up on your board, but you’re kinda not in control of anything that happens after that.

  5. You don’t know the rules of the Right of Way.

Floyd Bennett Field

Wind direction: S, E

NOT SAFE FOR BEGINNERS AT HIGH TIDE. Very dangerous launch on the cement. Ok for beginners at LOW TIDE

Exact location: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nk6dt7963w6lmfe/Screenshot%202018-04-18%2010.55.27.png?dl=0

 

 

West Meadow beach 40.943378, -73.143846
Works in W-NW winds. Beginner friendly in low tide ONLY. Works in W-NW winds. Mostly flat and shallow in low tide, gets choppy and very deep in mid-high tide. Parking in season is expensive for non-residents. Kite launch area is strictly south of parking lot/main beach. Do not launch where beach goers are and do not kite in front of main beach with swimmers. Police has been called on kiters before and town will kick kiters out if more accidents happen. Beginner friendly in low tide ONLY.

Cross Bay Blvd. 40.637886, -73.832706

Not my favorite place but some love it for it’s flat water and smell. Works on a lot of wind directions N,E,S. free parking. Tight launch especially at high tide. When the President flies into JFK they pull us out of the water.

Good for beginners? NO. A tight launch makes this place not ideal for beginners.

 

Cedar Beach 40.632910, -73.342287

Babylon, NY

Paid parking $25 weekends

Long walk to beach, food, bar, bathrooms, lifeguards, swimmers, local party scene, chop.

It is about a 2mi kite East to Democratic Point.

Good for beginners? NO

 

 

Oak Beach 40.639043, -73.302654

Babylon, NY

Free parking. Very limited.

Park and walk 400 yds west to launch spot.

SE to SW winds.

You can kite in the bay area or go south toward Democratic Point, about 1 mi. and do waves on one side or the slick on the other side. Varied terrain.

Good for beginners? NO! Small launch area and jetties that cause accidents for beginners.

 

 

Rockaway Beach 40.587060, -73.795247

Queens, NY

Free street parking or access by subway. Ocean side so some waves and chop.

Works on E,S,W winds.

Good for beginners? Not really. Very deep and with waves. Not great for beginners.

 

 

Off Season New York Spots (Fall, winter and early spring kiting)

Coney Island 22 St, or the Aquarium

SW to SE winds

Good for beginners? If you can’t ride upwind, this is a tough spot for beginners.

 

Breezy Point in Rockaway

W winds

Good for beginners? Yes.

Tobay Beach in Gilgo area

NE to NW winds.

Good for beginners? No. The launch area is small and the winds are often gusty here.

 

Overlook Beach in Gilgo area

SW to SE.

Good for beginners? Not really. Wide open beach but the water is deep and the waves are difficult for  beginners. Very strong current.

 

Additional resources for NY Kiting Spots

-  https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1cMCXXj3_4CTw5iGgT6l6e5tKbYI&ll=41.01267700000004%2C-72.05632200000002&z=8

-  http://localkitespots.com/kitesurfing/New%20York?fs=1

 

 

New Jersey Kiting Spots

Kiting Locations (SE CT, RI, Cape)

(Provided by Kevin Girard)

Jordan Cove

Preferred Wind Directions: SE, S, SW

No-Go Wind Directions: Anything with a N component

 

Wind Quality: Highly variable.  The wind quality is so-so here, often with widely varying gusts and up/down winds.  Susceptible to sea breezes and pulsing, which can add to a great session or frustrate you when it feels like there’s just enough wind to pump up, and then the sea breeze fades, leaving you broken-hearted.

 

Water depth: Low tide: Water gets deep quickly to the S at really low tide.  Not much room downwind before you’re on the beach, not much room upwind before you’re in over your head.  Surf breaks right where the water is shallow.  Mid Tide: Water depth is quite good for beginners, there is a lot of space to kite that is knee to chest deep.  There is a really nice slick to the west side of the cove.  Beware of a sand/rock bar that juts southward and separates the slick to the west from a riding area to the east.  At high tide, the cove is full of 2-4’ deep water, providing the full cove for riding, the caveat being that there is not a lot of room to pump and launch on the beach.

 

Surf: Surf is typically mild, 1-3 feet max.  It can break at inconvenient locations, especially when the tide is low.

 

Beach Condition: A relatively narrow strip of SW facing beach exists at high tide.  Smaller kites can be pumped and rigged here, larger kites are difficult due to how narrow it is.  Sand is pretty granular and there are spots with some ground up pavement in the water just at the edge of the beach, waiting to pop your kite.  There are a number of “pilings” that have deteriorated all around the beach and to the NE of the cove, so beware of those, some being submerged at high tide.  A small island to the NW of the beach with sea grasses can be used to pump on.  The island stays dry at high tide.  The best time to come is mid to low tide, where the entire cove is a huge sandbar with fine sand (usually stays wet except at the peak of summer), and there is plenty of room to pump and rig.  Beware of razor clams with both your feet and kites.

Seasonality: The cove is pretty busy during the summer, and while there is plenty of water and sandbar area for everyone to enjoy at low tide, at high tide, there is very little usable beach which is usually crowded by  sunbathers.   Parking is much more difficult during summer.

 

Parking:  A very small parking area exists on the east side of the cove and is free (About 5 cars worth).  It’s a short walk to the beach through some brush.  Some parking on the street is available as well, but it is a neighborhood and there are lots of driveways/narrow streets down there.

 

Skill level:  All skill levels will do well here when the wind is strong and consistent, which isn’t frequently.  Wind tends to be gusty and up/down, and therefore it is more suited to intermediate or better riders on most days.

 

 

Harvey’s Beach

Preferred Wind Directions:  WNW, W, SW, S

No Go Wind Directions: NW, N, NE, E, SE

Wind Quality: Variable.  Widely varying gusts and up/down conditions exist, but wind from W and SW directions can be consistent.

 

Water depth: Low tide: Huge sand bar exposed at low tide, and water depth is relatively shallow for a fairly long distance.  Mid-tide, there’s a great amount of sand bar for launching, and a larger area to kite where it is not over your head.  Nice slicks created by pools that fill in as the tide comes in and to the SE away from the launch area.  High tide is a no-go except for very expert kiters.  There is no exposed sandbar or area to launch except the very small beach itself, which is dangerous.

 

Surf: Everytime I have been the wind has been directly onshore and the surf was large and pesky.  3-4 feet is common, and when I lost my board, it was difficult to find in the surf.  It breaks fairly gradually as it approaches the beach, so it’s not horrible for a beginner.  Once you get past the beach area, however, the wave height can be daunting.  There are a few slicks that you can get into at different tides, so it isn’t all bad!

 

Beach Condition:  A sizeable beach area exists close to the parking lot where kiters typically pump up.  Plenty of room for big or small kites, and probably can have 3-4 kiters pumping at once.   Due to the proximity to paved surface and power lines, kiters typically carry their kites to a huge sandbar and rig/launch from the sandbar at low tide.  The sand is granular and dry on the beach, and fine and wet on the sandbar.  At high tide, people launch from the beach (dangerous), or do a drift launch from the water.  There’s some water-grass directly in front of the beach, so you have to walk pretty far in reasonably deep water to get past that grass and save your kite from getting into it.

Parking: A fairly large parking area is present at the beach, and it looks like there is a guard shack that either checks passes or collects money during peak season.  The parking area looks like it supports more cars than the beach could sustain.

Skill level:  Due to the high surf when the wind is in preferred direction, I would classify this as intermediate and higher.  It’s a great place to learn to fly the kite.  It’s very spacious and forgiving.  Kiting here at anything but mid to low tide is decidedly expert due to the lack of a suitable launch area.

 

Notes:  Do not launch from the beach area, as it is unsafe.  Be extra careful at high tide for same reason.  Pump on the beach by the parking lot, and rig and launch from the sandbar at low tide.

 

 

 

Watch Hill

Preferred Wind Directions: S, SW, SE

No-Go Wind Directions: Anything with a N component

Wind Quality: Wind seems reasonably consistent here.  Some land upwind on preferred directions.  Preferred directions seem to provide consistent wind, less gusty wind.

Water Depth: Water gets overhead quickly away from the beach, especially at low tide.  Not a huge amount of room to kite in shallow water on any tide.

Surf: I have only been here when the surf is very heavy.  3-6 feet seems common.  I found it very hard to water start because I was getting pounded.  Better kiters seem to get onto their boards at the end of the wave break, and then wait for a wave to break to have enough water under the board to start.  You might be able to body drag past the surf and start in deep water.

Beach Conditions: Very large area to pump and rig.  Fine sandy beach with plenty of room for a large number of kiters.  Beach is almost always busy – summer with sunbathers and beachgoers, and fall/winter/spring with walkers.

Seasonality: This is very much a Labor Day to Memorial Day location.

Parking: During the peak season, parking is a nightmare.  There is no place to park within reasonable walking distance of the beach.  The shop parking lot only allows shoppers, and only for a couple hours.  There are paid lots both north of the beach and NE of the beach, but they are like $25/day and are attended much of the day (till like 5pm).  There is parking for cabanas which are part of the yacht club, where you cannot park in season.  We were told by the police that you can park there in the off-season, however, and that provides a reasonably short walk over the dunes to the beach.

Skill level: This is a good beginner spot to launch and land kites during the off season and when there aren’t a lot of beach-goers.  Riding is difficult for beginners due to the surf.  I would call this an intermediate to advanced location due to surf.

Napa Tree

Preferred Wind Directions: Watch Hill: W, NW

No-Go Wind Directions: Watch Hill: Anything with a S component, gustier in conditions with N component

Wind Quality: Wind seems reasonably consistent here, on the preferred directions, the wind travels over a distance cleanly.  It can be gustier with W and NW winds.

Water Depth: Water gets overhead quickly away from the beach at high tide.  At low tide, there seems to be a reasonable amount of space to kite that is shallow, but I have not seen it at very low tide.  Water can be filled with boats during summertime, which makes this an off-season location.

Surf: Due to the location being in a large bay-like area, the surf is minimal here, 1-2 feet.

Beach Conditions: Large area to pump and rig.  Fine sandy beach with room for a number of kiters.  Beach is almost always busy – summer with sunbathers and beachgoers, and fall/winter/spring with walkers.

Seasonality: This is very much a Labor Day to Memorial Day location.

Parking: During the peak season, parking is a nightmare.  There is no place to park within reasonable walking distance of the beach.  The shop parking lot only allows shoppers, and only for a couple hours.  There are paid lots both north of the beach and NE of the beach, but they are like $25/day and are attended much of the day (till like 5pm).  There is parking for cabanas which are part of the yacht club, where you cannot park in season.  We were told by the police that you can park there in the off-season, however, and that provides a reasonably short walk over the dunes to the beach.

Skill level: This is an OK, but not great beginner spot, since there’s a fair bit of room to launch and the surf is low.  On direct onshore wind (N), and at high tide, the downwind area is somewhat hazardous (thorny plant covered dunes) and you cannot walk very far into the water to provide a clear downwind area if something were to go wrong.  This is better at low tide, but I am not sure how much better.  The location would seem best for side-shore winds (NE, NW).  Use caution on E and W winds because the downwind areas are not very friendly (LI Sound and the yacht club, respectively.)

Ninigret Pond

Preferred Wind Direction: NW, N, NE

No-Go Wind Direction: None

 

Wind Quality: Northerly winds come over land, so can be lower quality (in addition to typical gusty-ness from N winds).  Southerly winds are more consistent due to coming off the water, but aside from the water depth, you would probably go elsewhere on S winds.

 

Water Depth: Excellent throughout the pond, most places are shallow except boating channels.  This is one of the most appealing aspects of this location.

 

Surf: As it is a large pond, it is pretty flat.

 

Beach Conditions: What’s a beach?  There’s pretty much not much beach at Ninigret.  There is a large beach on the ocean side (East Beach), and several really small (i.e. barely 1 kite) beaches scattered around the pond, but none are great for launch/land.  You will likely be launching wet (drift launch) and landing wet.  Much further east, accessible by 4WD with permit only, is a huge stretch of gorgeous S facing beach.

 

Seasonality: As this location shares the East Beach parking lot, anytime in beach season is going to be packed.  Off hours is a maybe.  This is pretty much an off-season or stormy day location.

 

Parking: East Beach lot is about the best place to park on Northerly winds.  Other parking is available on the NE side of the pond at an old abandoned airstrip, but this would be good for Southerly winds or upwind riders only.  Not much beaches area on the N part of the pond, but plenty of parking.

 

Skill Level: This is a great beginner spot, other than the launch.  Shallow water depth is the main factor which causes me to rate it this way.

 

 

Point Judith - Wheeler

Camera: http://www.liladelman.com/port-of-galilee

 

Preferred Wind Direction: SE, S, SW, W

No Go wind direction: Anything with N component

Wind Quality:  Typically stronger winds than CT, Watch Hill, and surrounding areas.  Clean wind from the water.  Typically forecasts for this location are pretty good, and iKiteSurf has a prediction specifically for this spot.

Water Depth: Water quickly gets deep leaving the beach.  Not a ton of room to ride in shallow water, so best on side-shore winds.

Surf: The day I went here, the surf was very high.  4-6 feet, which surprised me due to the fact the beach is behind a breakwall.  There was a real nice slick in the lee side of the break wall, but to get there you need to kite through the choppy and wavy water, upwind.  It’s very doable for advanced riders, but not that easy for beginners.

Beach Conditions: Like many RI beaches, this one is pristine fine sand, and very large.  Plenty of room downwind if you need to pop your safety.  You can easily launch and land dry.  Beach is often crowded during the peak season, so this is mostly an off-season location.

Parking: Plenty of parking close to the beach, but seasonal traffic can mean this location is poor for parking (charges to park, park far from beach, etc.)

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced.  Mainly due to the surf and water depth.  

Point Judith – Geroge’s/Salty Brine State Beach

Preferred Wind Direction: SE, S, SW, W

No Go wind direction: Anything with N component

 

Wind Quality:  Typically stronger winds than CT, Watch Hill, and surrounding areas.  Clean wind from the water.  Typically forecasts for this location are pretty good, and iKiteSurf has a prediction on the break-wall not far away.

 

Water Depth: Water quickly gets deep leaving the beach.  Not a ton of room to ride in shallow water, so best on side-shore winds.

 

Surf: The surf here is much milder than at Wheeler, and it’s in the lee of the breakwall for most wind directions.  It’s closer to the slick than Wheeler, but still requires some upwind riding on W and SW winds.  That slick is also in the path of boats leaving the harbor, so requires some caution.  It’s very doable for advanced riders, less so for beginner riders.

Beach Conditions: Like many RI beaches, this one is pristine fine sand, and pretty large.  There is some dune fence downwind to be cautious of if you need to pop your safety (would be a kite wrecker on a SW wind).  You can easily launch and land dry.  Beach is often crowded during the peak season, so this is an off-season location.

 

Parking: Plenty of parking close to the beach (and even almost on the beach!) off season, in season this location is poor for parking (charges to park, small lot, etc.)

 

Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced.  Mainly due to the surf and water depth.

South Ontario Kiting Spots

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Colorado Area Kiting Spots

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Global Kiting Spot Finder

http://se.kiteforum.com/spots

Best  Spots  for  Beginners   

Plumb Beach, Brooklyn 

Style: Flat, Choppy

Wind Direction: E, SE, S, SW 

Dangers: Do not come here on W wind as the wind can be very gusty. 

 

Public Transportation: Take the Q line to Sheepshead Bay station. Then take a Uber to Gateway National Recreation Area. 

Gilgo  Oceanside,  Long Island 

Napeaque Harbor,  Hamptons

Bridgeport ,  Connecticut